AdvancED Flex Application Development: Building Rich Media X by R. Blank, Chris Charlton, Omar Gonzalez, Hasan Otuome

By R. Blank, Chris Charlton, Omar Gonzalez, Hasan Otuome

Many Flex books disguise the basics—this publication does anything varied, and is going some distance additional. The authors, best Flash platform builders at Almer/Blank, operating with Adobe person crew groups, are the creators of the wealthy Media trade (RMX), a social media community for Adobe builders. In protecting simply how the RMX was once equipped, this publication comprises all of the wisdom you must construct related large-scale wealthy web functions with Adobe Flex.

From the inception of the belief via to deployment, the authors exhibit the options had to plan and construct complicated purposes. You'll tips on how to use kinds, kinds, validators, video, sound research, and framework caching, making sure you are making the main of the gains brought in Flex 3.

Powerful functions require reliable again ends. This booklet indicates how you can hook up a Flex program to Hypertext Preprocessor back-end platforms similar to Drupal and OpenAds. You'll find out how numerous components of the RMX have been equipped, together with the blogs, occasion calendar, jobs board, and ads system—elements that come jointly to truly exhibit the facility of Flex.

The RMX is outfitted by means of Adobe builders for Adobe developers—a profitable group dating that promises effects. an identical spirit is carried into this e-book, with the authors in need of and assisting to take you to the following point of Flash software improvement.

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As we all know, Flash is used for more than just applications. The most obvious example is character animations or any other timeline-intensive artform. But, it is important to remember that Flash is Flash, and anything that can be created in Flex Builder can be replicated in the Flash CS3 authoring tool and vice versa. On many larger Flex projects, it will in fact be necessary to develop some assets and content in the Flash authoring tool. There will, of course, be boundary cases—projects that, for one set of reasons or another, could be equally well executed in Flash or Flex.

At the same time, we wanted to define a solution that would make it easy for individuals to join multiple AUGs. Los Angeles may be a bit unusual in that there are three Flash Platform–related user groups to choose from. But it is not at all unique in having multiple AUGs operating in the same city, so enabling members to join additional AUGs with ease would benefit both the members and the groups. The two important elements of any social media network are the membership and the content they produce; the nature of content and membership on the RMX is each affected in different ways to support this balance between the member, group, and network.

To really use Flex properly requires fluent switching between code and design view. Sure, you have all the same visual richness as in Flash (such as those cool filters and blend modes and neat transitions), but you need to know ActionScript or the Flex framework pretty well to apply them through Flex. Harnessing Flex also requires a deep understanding of event flows, data structures, and things like custom namespaces. While Flash makes basic hacking around with ActionScript quite simple, getting under the hood in Flex really requires some advanced coding knowledge.

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